Although Lyon is steeped in history, it’s also a hive for young Lyonnaise créateurs dotted around La Croix-Rousse on the northern hill overlooking the rest of Lyon.
The vibrant area is filled with little jewelery, soft furnishing and clothing stores all housed within charming, colourful buildings on the steep slopes. Many of the stores are attached to ateliers with the créateurs working away while answering questions about their handmade objects.
Traditionally, this was the centre for the highest quality silk weaving and textile production in Europe with the silk workers known as canuts working on the hill while the silk dealers sold their wares from the base.
Warren-like passages still weave in between and under the buildings perched on the hill which once gave easy access between the workers and the merchants for the transport of silk.
The rest of Lyon has its own charm but nowhere more so than the Vieux Lyon area under the shadow of the Fourvière cathedral and a mini tour Eiffel. Roman ruins are scattered around the hill with ancient alleys and streets weaving down toward the water. Gorgeous!
Of course we can’t mention Lyon without Paul Bocuse, the grandfather of Lyonnaise and nouvelle cuisine. His influence can be see throughout Lyon, from his eponymous restaurants and brasseries to the wonderful bouchon culture that takes absolute pride in allowing local products to sing in each dish regardless of whether it’s traditional or avant garde.
Lyon was a wonderful design inspiration for us as the whole city seems to be an exercise in seamlessly blending tradition and the contemporary, with both elements taking equal standing. From the Lyonnaise cuisine and wine culture to the architecture and textile production, both worlds live side by side and sometimes fuse together with wonderful results.